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Palau fantail flycatcher



The Palau fantail flycatcher (Rhipidura lepida) is one of three Palau bird species that were virtually eliminated by damage caused to the Palau Islands (formerly a U.S.-administered United Nations Trust Territory now under an independent constitutional government) during WWII [1]. Surveys conducted from 1976-1979 found the fantail flycatcher to be one of the more common birds in forests throughout the Palau Islands and categorized the species as abundant on Pelelui Island where previously it had been considered scarce [2]. The authors of this survey suggested that the Palau fantail flycatcher was no longer endangered [2]. The USFWS removed the Palau fantail flycatcher along with the Palau ground dove, and the Palau owl from the endangered species list in 1985 [1].

[1] Noecker R.J. 1998. Congressional Research Service, Report for Congress: Endangered Species List Revisions: A Summary of Delisting and Downlisting. Made available by National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington D.C.
[2] Pratt H.D., J. Engbring, P.L. Bruner, and D.G. Berrett. 1980. 1976-1979 Notes on the taxonomy, natural history, and status of the resident birds of Palau. Condor 82(2): 117-131.

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